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L’Abbaye-Château de Camon is one of the finest chateau hotels in France, a beautifully restored former 10th Century Benedictine monastery in the fortified village of Camon, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Château de Camon offers luxury chambres d’hôtes and is also available for exclusive use throughout the year, a fabulous venue for weddings, parties and celebrations.

There’s nothing quite like the view of snow-capped mountains to make you feel alive and at one with the world.  Deep in Cathar countryside, in some of France’s wildest and most beautiful scenery, with wonderful views over the surrounding forested hills and mountain peaks, the location is awe-inspiring.

The building is monumental but the accommodation at L’Abbaye-Château de Camon is absolutely boutique, with just five guest rooms, originally old monks’ cells converted into bedrooms in the 18th Century.  An architectural treasure, with grand spacious interiors, stone staircases, flagstone floors, frescoed ceilings and a cloistered courtyard all adding to the ambience.

Voted as one of the ‘Top Five Castle Hotels in France’ by the Huffington Post and in the Tatler Travel Guide, as one of the 101 best hotels in the world, it’s not about ‘must have’ mod-cons here.  A stay at the chateau is to experience being enveloped in history, enjoying excellent food, regional wine, walking the Cathar paths of the Ariège and exploring this unspoilt corner of south west France.

L’Abbaye-Château de Camon’s hundreds of years of memories, together with its very beautiful and dramatic setting, makes it a rare find.  A hidden gem boutique hotel, luxury chambres d’hôtes, restaurant and wedding venue in south-west France, where you can connect with both the nature that surrounds you and the human history of the place, all at the same time.

L’Abbaye-Château de Camon is a historic monument with an intimate and homely atmosphere in a spectacular setting.

Originally built as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th Century, Château de Camon was bought by Peter and Katie Lawton in 2005 who wanted to breathe life back into this historical building and set about converting it into a luxury chambres d’hôte.

” It was in very good condition, it just needed some love and attention – and loads of furniture of course!”

The vast interiors have been filled with volumes of 18th Century furnishings, venetian chandeliers and velvet drapes, creating a lovely nostalgic atmosphere. Outside the cloisters, the views over wooded hills and the distant Pyrenees mountains, the mature, terraced gardens leading down to a calm and relaxing swimming pool, all add to the majestic grandeur of this magnificent property.

With Peter’s 25 years hotel experience and Katie’s background in interior design, they have beautifully restored and decorated L’Abbaye-Château de Camon, turning an historic French monument into the loveliest of boutique chateau hotels.

Within easy distance of the airports at both Toulouse and Carcassonne, L’Abbaye-Château de Camon is located in the ancient village of Camon, classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France; just ten minutes drive from the medieval town of Mirepoix and half an hour from the ski resort of Mont D’Olmes in the Pyrénées.

There are five gorgeous en-suite guest rooms to choose from. The original old monks’ cells, converted into bedrooms in the 18th Century are full of character and beautifully decorated.  Ornate furniture, white Egyptian cotton bed linen and all with lovely views overlooking the gardens and foothills.

Room prices include taxes and are based on two people sharing:

Jacinthe, 145€ per night

Double bed, en-suite bathroom, overlooking the garden and foothills.​

Lavande, 155€ per night

Double bed, en-suite bathroom, overlooking the garden and foothills.​

Charlemagne, 185€ per night

Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, overlooking the gardens and foothills.

Coquelicots, 195€ per night

​Extra kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, overlooking the gardens and foothills.

Levis Suite, 200€ per night for 2

​Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, overlooking the garden and foothills.

Using the attached twin room, €280 per night for 4.

An extra bed is 30 euros per night.  There is no charge for children under the age of two.  Cots can be provided. Small dogs accepted at 8 euros per night.

Check in: 3pm
​Check out: 11am

Continental Breakfast is served each morning from 8.30 to 10.30:

Fresh croissants, pains au chocolat, almond pastries, baguettes, whole wheat bread, fromage blanc, fresh fruit/berries, muesli, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, cheeses, ham and saucisson, jams, fresh juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

€18 for adults and €9 for children.

If you require an earlier breakfast this can easily be arranged.

Dine in the wonderfully atmospheric cloisters in the summer, or the intimate dining room in the cooler months. Whatever the season, resident chef, Tom Sleigh, cooks up a storm of fabulous food using superb local and seasonal ingredients.

Recommended: Chef proposes a five course degustation menu at 52 euros (excluding wine).

Special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties – up to 70 people can be catered for in the cloisters and 20 people in the dining room.

For a more informal gathering, friends and families can enjoy a relaxed, rustic dining experience for up to 25 people, in the Old Monks Kitchen.

The restaurant is open every evening from 7.30pm apart from Wednesdays.

There are few places more romantic to marry in than a French château and L’Abbaye-Château de Camon has all the ingredients of a fairytale wedding venue: fine French cuisine, locally produced wine, consummate hosts and the very special ambience of an ancient abbey in an historical setting.

If you want to elevate your wedding, why not have your Special Day at The Château!

L’Abbaye-Château de Camon is available for exclusive use throughout the year, including the winter months. In the summer, up to 70 guests can be catered for outside in the cloisters and in the colder months, up to 50.

Prices on exclusive use packages for weekends, mid-week or even winter breaks are available on request – please send an email to Katie or Peter for more information.

You have found a wonderful place to stay and Boutique and Breakfast is committed to giving you a personalised service so that you can find the right room at the right price. Simply fill in our enquiry form and within 24 hours you will receive a response from L’Abbaye-Château de Camon tailored to your needs. This will be in the form of either a telephone call or an email.

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  • 10th Century Benedictine Monastery
  • Historical Landmark French Chateau
  • Antique & Vintage furnishings
  • White Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen
  • Gourmet Restaurant
  • Terraced Gardens
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Stunning location views of the Pyrénées
  • Wedding venue

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Step through the half open door into a bygone age, a long corridor like cloisters, flowers, antique furniture....no fussy notices, no 'reception desk', just nice people to greet you and show you up the wide stone staircase to your room, which is just a breathtaking.

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